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Swedish politicians preferences regarding the privatisation of elderly care
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Department of History, Tourism and Media. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2017 (English)In: Local Government Studies, ISSN 0300-3930, E-ISSN 1743-9388, Vol. 43, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Since the 1990s, Sweden has embarked on a series of market reforms in public services, aiming for greater efficiency and better service quality. Nevertheless, the political debates do not seem to fade away and local politicians still have to decide on privatisation issues. We argue that attitude studies of local politicians are of importance and present a 2014 survey in this regard, using Swedish elderly care as one example. Our findings show that altitudinal difference between left-and right-wing politicians on private for-profit providers remains distinctive. Moreover, political orientations of individuals, political majority in the municipality, as well as privatisation level already achieved locally are identified as important factors in explaining local politicians willingness to privatise further. This case study serves as a good example to examine the market development of public welfare in advanced welfare states and also contributes to the contentious discussion of political roles in welfare reform.

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ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD , 2017. Vol. 43, no 1
Keywords [en]
Elderly care; politicians; preference; marketisation; privatisation; Sweden
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-133721DOI: 10.1080/03003930.2016.1237354ISI: 000389704000001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-133721DiVA, id: diva2:1063926
Available from: 2017-01-11 Created: 2017-01-09 Last updated: 2018-01-13

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